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Feb. 20, 2009

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BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – In the first competition of the weekend, the sixth-ranked South Carolina equestrian team hosted Sacred Heart and defeated the Patriots 15-1. The Gamecocks earned MVP rides in all events as the team improved to 4-0 since the start of the spring season.

Carolina improves its overall record to 5-4 on the year while the Pioneers drop to 0-6 on the season. The Hunter Seat team won 8-0 and the Western team won 7-1, as the Hunter seat team improves to 5-4 and the Western team improves to 4-5.

The Hunter Seat team swept the competition 8-0 after winning all four points in equitation on the flat and over fences. Megan Massaro earned her third MVP of the season on the flat – and seventh overall – as she defeated Casey Marino 81-79. Paige Dekko earned a victory over Alyssa Woronik with a score of 74-56, and Colvin Hedgepeth beat Adrianna Dattoli 75-58. Carly Babcock continues her undefeated season with a 78-64 victory over Julie Law, moving Babcock to 5-0-2 on the year.

In equitation over fences, all four Gamecock riders earned their first victories of the season as Abbey Rohde, Alex Foster, Katie Stenberg and LIndsey Pace picked up wins. Rohde had the highest margin of victory over fences with a 78-60 win over Julie Law while Foster defeated Alyssa Woronik 75-69. Stenberg earned a 72-70 win against Adrianna Dattoli. Pace defeated Casey Marino 80-71, earning her first MVP honor of the season.

The Western team claimed a 7-1 win with three points in horsemanship and sweeping reining. Katie Grossnickle earned her second MVP honor of the season in horsemanship with a 73.5-68.5 win over Casey Marino. Taylor Singmaster defeated Clare Ryan 72.5-69.5 and Hailey Thornton beat Janel Beaureguard 71.5-59.5 to round out Carolina’s scoring in horsemanship.

In reining, Lydia Roof earned MVP honors with her 72.5-69.5 victory over Casey Marino. It is the first MVP ride of the year for roof. Rebekah Roof defeated Clare Ryan 68.5-63 and Annie Laurie McDonald beat Janel Beaureguard 71-68.5. Jackie McCaslin won 71.5-0 after Sacred Heart’s Colleen Booth was disqualified.

Carolina will be back at One Wood Farm tomorrow to host top ranked Georgia at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs will be Carolina’s third opponent ranked in the top two this month.